PEAPACK VALLEY FIRE COMPANY.
Too much credit cannot be given to the spirit that has resulted in the formation of the Peapack Valley fire company. Up to January, 1905, Peapack and Gladstone. N. J., adjoining villages in the Peapack valley, were without fire protection of any sort, though the population was constantly increasing. The personnel of the company comprises the representative young men of the two towns. In organising it, the men met with difficulties enough to dishearten them; but they realised just what was to be expected of them and finally supplied themselves with a Waterous gasoline engine, two hose carts and 1,000 ft. of a regulation hose—all free and clear, and with a balance of $300 in their treasury. At present the apparatus is kept in a barn; but the men will soon have a regular firehouse. Peapack and Gladstone are not incorporated, hence, there is no possibility of their getting any appropriation from the authorities ; but the public has responded liberally in subscribing $800, besides free patronage of the carnivals and entertainments, which shows that in a short time the company will be second to no rural company in the State. The firemen’s first call for fire duty was on New Year’s Day of the present year, to a small house on the stock farm of Chas. Pfizer, distant fully a mile and a quarter from the enginehouse. The building was of wood, and the blaze was beyond control when discovered. The house stood in an isolated part of the village and it was necessary to drive to the village to give the alarm, which, of course, took time. ‘1 he alarm was turned in at 3:50. The company, however, had a stream on the blazing building at 4:16—just twenty-six minutes after the alarm had been sounded. The occupant, a brother of Chief Howard, thought he had lost $500. which had been hidden in the bed. A stream was thrown to the spot where the bed was, and, after the fire was extinguished, a vain search was * made for the missing money. The next morning it was renewed, and about 30 ft. from the burned building a $20 gold piece was found at a point directly opposite where the engine had been stationed. Further search revealed all the money except $20. 1 lie money had been carried thereby the force of the stream thrown by the engine. I he company was congratulated on the ;*ood time it made, and the good work it did in saving as much as it did. after having received the call so late and found the fire beyond control. The citizens will undoubtedly’ give it substantial backing.